Author: Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Series: Belles of Christmas #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: October 8, 2019
She thought the mask would protect her identity, but she underestimated his determination to discover who she was.
Peter Blythe, Earl of Rockwell fled England when he was thrown over in favor of his father. Now after nearly ten years, he has returned to England to assume his family title. When he asks a young woman to dance at a masquerade ball, he is intrigued by her wit and charm. The only problem is she refuses to give him her name.
When Lady Caroline unexpectedly meets the man she has always loved at a masquerade ball and he does not recognize her, she is determined to keep her name a secret. What starts out as a game soon becomes much more when she realizes she still loves him, all the while knowing if he knew her true identity, he would never feel the same for her.
When they both return home to their neighboring estates for the holidays, acquaintances from years past threaten to sever more than just their childhood friendship.
Oh, what a darling plot and one that I know I will love to read and review. It’s on my wish list.
This is a clean romance where everything is slightly predictable yet fun to read at the same time. I enjoyed the characters and especially enjoy banter between Caroline and Peter.
** spoiler alert **
Things I would have liked to have seen: Lady Caroline continuing to stand up to her awful mother even when she is not upset. How Lady Rockwell orchestrated Lady Caroline witnessing the treachery. What Lady Rockwell does after she is thwarted. Those might be spoilers for the story but I think we all know from the beginning they will happen.
Sex: no, some mild innuendo
Violence: fencing gets a little rough